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Thunder's Kevin Durant is more patient, and it shows in his shooting percentages

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: December 15, 2008 at 9:42 am •  Published: December 15, 2008

When Durant is a threat from the low post, the baseline, the top of the key and the elbow, defenses can’t collapse on him and easily take him out of the game.

Durant has proven he can handle the isolations. But he has yet to show an ability to attack the rim at will or use his dribble penetration skills as a dependable asset to set up his teammates.

When Durant has gotten to the rim, he has shown that he still isn’t strong enough to finish consistently, often getting stripped of the ball or allowing incidental contact to prevent him from scoring. Only on occasion has Durant used his height and length to dunk over defenders in the halfcourt game.

But judging by Durant’s current rate of development, it’s only a matter of time before his lingering deficiencies are no longer issues.

"I think Kevin is going to improve every month,” Brooks said. "I think that was his track record last season, and we anticipate that happening this year. With Kevin, he works at it. There’s no simple solution to getting better. You have to work. Our job as coaches is to make sure he’s working on the right things. And he’s improving.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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Kevin Durant’s 2007-08 averages vs. this season’s:

2007-08 Stat 2008-09
20.9 Points 22.9
4.4 Rebounds 4.8
2.4 Assists 1.8
1.0 Steals 1.0
0.9 Blocks 0.8
2.9 Turnovers 3.17
1.5 Fouls 1.7
43.0 Field goal % 46.0
87.3 Free throw % 84.4
34.6 Min. per game 37.0
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